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Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pasifika Scholarships

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), in conjunction with the Trevelyan-Smith Scholarship Fund, is offering up to four scholarships of AUD $2,000 each for medical students (graduate/undergraduate) or junior doctors (PGY 1,2,3) who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pasifika and are interested in pursuing a career in ophthalmology. The Scholarships are intended to cover the costs of undertaking ophthalmology surgical or clinical related education, professional development, training and/or research in Australia or New Zealand that will result in the acquisition of new knowledge or skills which will strengthen or enrich their career portfolios.

Applications for 2018 now closed. Applications for 2019 will open May 2019.


travelling scholarships

RANZCO is pleased to announce the Alan James Trust and the Trevelyan-Smith Trust have provided funds for 2018 Travelling Scholarships. Applications are now closed but please check back in early 2019 for the 2019 round of scholarships.
In 2018 the Alan James Travelling Scholarship funded three scholarships of $10,000 each and the Trevelyan-Smith Travelling Scholarship funded four scholarships of $10,000 each.

international SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2018

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) extends an invitation to Graduates of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program (APAO LDP) to apply for the opportunity to participate in the RANZCO International Development Workshop (focusing on glaucoma) on 16 November 2018 and attend the RANZCO Annual Scientific Meeting (Congress) and related events from 17-21 November 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. For further information on the International Development Workshop please visit: https://ranzco.edu/international-development/educational-and-scientific-exchanges and RANZCO Congress website: http://ranzco2018.com/

To submit your application, please visit: https://ranzco.wufoo.eu/forms/ranzco-2018-international-scholarship/



The Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) one-year research grants in ophthalmology and related fields are available through the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA).

Applications for the 2019 ORIA Research Grants are now closed. Grants will be available to ophthalmologists, trainee ophthalmologists or for work being done in University Departments of Ophthalmology.


Applications are now open for the third round of Macular Disease Foundation Australia's Research Grants Program. This round is the biggest yet with total grant funding of $1.3 million is available across multiple grants for research into macular degeneration.

Applications closes on 1 June, Instructions and application forms are available from the Macular Disease Foundation Australia website


More information on available Fellowships can be found on the Classifieds section of the website


New South Wales

Clinical fellowship for overseas doctors

The expertise in the University Department is in the areas of glaucoma, cornea and external eye disease, paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and medical retina in adults and children. The special investigation techniques include fluorescein angiography indocyannine green, electrophysiology and optical coherence tomography.

Professor Peter McCluskey
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Sydney
PO Box 4337
Sydney NSW 2001

Phone: +61 2 9382 7302
Fax: +61 2 9382 7372

Medical retinal fellowship, Vitreo-retinal fellowship, and Glaucoma fellowship

Professor Mitchell has wide experience in epidemiology and in particular, medical retinal disease such as diabetic retinopathy.

Professor Paul Mitchell
Department of Ophthalmology
Westmead Hospital
Cnr Hawkesbury & Darcy Roads,
Westmead NSW 2145

Phone: +61 2 9845 7960
Fax: +61 2 9845 6117



Research Fellowships & post doctoral students
Go to the Centre for Eye Research Australia website for more information or contact Professor Jonathan Crowston:

Professor Jonathan Crowston
Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)
32 Gisborne Street,
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Phone: +61 3 9929 8368
Fax: +61 3 9662 3859

Opportunities Eye and Ear Hospital Fellowship

Go to the Clinical Fellowships through the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital website for more information.

HMO Manager
Eye & Ear Hospital
32 Gisborne Street,
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Phone: +61 3 9929 8666
Fax: +61 3 9663 7203



Pterygium Surgery Fellowship
Accredited one on one training in pterygium assessment and follow-up, and particularly in the surgical procedure of P.E.R.F.E.C.T for PTERYGIUM® from the pioneer of this procedure, Professor Lawrence Hirst. Find out more.

Professor Lawrence Hirst
The Australian Pterygium Centre
232 Oxley Road,
Graceville QLD 4075
Phone: +61 7 3171 0017


South Australia

Retinal Fellowship

Fellowships are for 12 months and starting dates are negotiable. For any enquiries, please contact:

Drs Niladri Saha and Stewart Lake
Department of Ophthalmology
Flinders Medical Centre,
Bedford Park SA 5042

Phone:+61 8 8204 4899
Fax: +61 8 8277 0899

Email: niladri.saha@health.sa.gov.au or stewart.lake@health.sa.gov.au

Central Northern Ophthalmology Network Opportunities

January to January the following year:

  • Oculoplastic Fellowship - RAH

  • Anterior Segment Fellowship - RAH/LMHS

July to June the following year:

  • Medical Retinal Fellowship - RAH/QEH

  • Surgical Retinal Fellowship - RAH/QEH

May to May the following year:

  • Cataract & Refractive Surgery Fellowship - QEH

All fellowships are for a period of 12 months (extensions to 24 months can be negotiated on with the principal supervisor after commencement of the fellowship).

Professor Dinesh Selva
Professor & Chair, Dept of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Central Northern Ophthalmology Network
Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)/Lyell McEwin Health Service (LMHS)/Queen
Elizabeth Hospital (QEH)

Phone: +61 8 8222 2734
Fax: +61 8 8222 2741
Applications for all positions: 

Website: www.health.adelaide.edu.au/ophthalmology


Western Australia

Miocevich Retina Fellowship
The Miocevich family want to find a cure for autoimmune retinopathy. To achieve this goal they are sponsoring a new Fellowship at the Lions Eye Institute, created to investigate causes, diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune, inflammatory, neoplastic and degenerative diseases of the retina and choroid.

The Miocevich Retina Fellow will work with the Director of Clinical Research at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, Western Australia commencing in 2015.

The Fellow will assist in general medical retina clinics, recruit clinical trials patients, perform retinal assessments and record clinical phenotype. Key responsibilities will include literature reviews, manuscript preparation, study designs, grant and ethics applications, coordination of participant recruitment and scheduling.

This prestigious position interacts with clinical and research collaborators in Australia and overseas to facilitate the conduct of multi-centre research projects.

For a full position description position description email Lisa Karabin (HR Officer) at the Lions Eye Institute on lisakarabin@lei.org.au. For further information on the position please contact Associate Professor Fred Chen on Fred.Chen@lei.org.au. Applicants are requested to submit an application letter, CV and the contact details of three professional referees to lisakarabin@lei.org.au.
The closing date for applications is 5.00 pm Western Australian time, 22 May 2015.

Lions Outback Vision-RANZCO Fellowship

The fellowship position commences in February each year. Refer to website for further information.

Julie Maiolo
Lions Eye Institute
2 Verdun Street,
Nedlands WA 6009
Phone: +61 8 9346 3333
Fax: +61 8 9346 4146

Anterior Segment Fellowship

Fellowships are for 12 months, starting in January of each year

A/Prof Adam Gajdatsy, Head of Department of Ophthalmology
Prof Graham Barrett, Consultant Ophthalmologist
Sir Charles Gardner Hospital
Hospital Avenue,
Nedlands WA 6009


New Zealand

Senior Clinical and Research Fellowship (12 Months) University of Aukland and Aukland District Health Board

Cornea & anterior segment - Prof C McGhee
Vitreo-retinal surgery - A.Prof P Polkinghorne
Medical Retina - Dr M Donaldson, Dr D Squirrell
Oculoplastics - Dr P Rosser, Dr B Sloan
Paediatric Ophthalmology - Dr J Mora, Dr S Dai
For more information on fellowship positions and research activities being conducted in the Department, visit our website.

Professor Charles McGhee
Maurice Paykel Professor of Ophthalmology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Phone: +64 9 923 6712
Fax: +64 9 367 7173

Research Fellowships (12 - 36 months with PhD or MD options)

Cornea & anterior segment - Prof C McGhee, A.Prof DV Patel
Cataract - Prof C McGhee
Fred Hollows Fellow - Prof C McGhee
Paediatric Ophthalmology - Dr S Dai
Neuro-Ophthalmology - Prof H Danesh-Meyer
Glaucoma - Prof H Danesh-Meyer
For more information on fellowship positions and research activities being conducted in the Department, visit our website.

Professor Charles McGhee
Maurice Paykel Professor of Ophthalmology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019

Fax: +64 9 367 7173


Junior fellowship positions available at the University of Auckland and the New Zealand National Eye Centre

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland and the New Zealand National Eye Centre have several junior fellowship positions available to commence in December 2018 or January 2019. These positions are open to junior medical staff with an interest in ophthalmology. The positions involve substantial research components with some projects having a more clinical focus. The successful applicants will be working in the research team led by Professor Charles McGhee.

Please see here (PDF 62.8KB) for the full position description. Interested candidates should email their application letter and CV to Hutokshi Chinoy at h.chinoy@auckland.ac.nz

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 August 2018. Interviews will be held in the first week of September.



The 2019 Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship Applications open on 6 August!

In conjunction with RANZCO, The Fred Hollows Foundation has created a six month rotating Fellowship for final year ophthalmology trainees.

The aim of the Fellowship is to engage recently trained ophthalmologists in the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation both in Australia and overseas. It is hoped that through this exposure, the trainees will develop an ongoing relationship with international and Indigenous ophthalmology and their local and overseas colleagues.

The fellowship represents a continuation of the commitment Fred Hollows had in teaching ophthalmologists and encouraging them to actively participate in practicing ophthalmology outside the institutions where they received training.

Key Dates:

There are two intakes each year. Applicants will be asked to specify their preference for either the 1st or 2nd intake.

Applications for both the 1st and 2nd intake open Monday 6 August 2018

Download/ View Program Flyer (PDF 695.2KB) (PDF 695.2KB)
Download/ View Application form (DOCX 62.6KB) (DOCX 63.8KB)

Closing Date: 7September 2018



Overseas Fellowship, Taunton UK

Musgrove Park Hospital is keen to re-stablish an Overseas Fellowship as soon as possible. This post would suit a senior trainee and offers a fantastic opportunity to experience life in the UK whilst gaining new perspectives on general and specialist ophthalmology. We are a 12 consultant staffed eye unit and our expertise is wide-ranging, including medical and surgical retina, uveitis, glaucoma, occuloplastics, anterior segment, and paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. The timetable currently would favour trainees interested in retinal disease, but could be varied depending upon requirements.

We will support any interested candidates in obtaining a work VISA for up to 2 years through the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Dual Sponsorship Scheme.

The Hospital is a busy District General Hospital situated in the south-west of England in the beautiful county town of Taunton just off the M5 motorway 37 miles north of Exeter, 48 miles south of Bristol. Taunton lies in a vale surrounded by designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is an excellent choice of schools both in the private and state sectors. London is less than 2 hours by rail.

For more information please email Jonathan Rossiter, consultant ophthalmologist and service lead at jonathan.rossiter@tst.nhs.uk